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Sunday, November 30, 2008

With Jindal at GOP's Helm, the Generational Shift Would Be Complete

I found this photo in today's W Post: it shows Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana as he is touring, hands in pockets, a community damaged by flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Gov. Jindal came to Iowa to deliver a couple of speeches. His mere presence ignited talk about 2012.

Says Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, as Republicans, you have a real problem now with younger voters and immigrants. If you were going to central casting for a candidate to deal with all that, who do you have? Jindal. He is young, and he looks young. . . . He's a great communicator. And his record is that he's sharp and quick with policy.

Michael Leahy has a column in today's W. Post with a lot of information about Jindal, here is some:

Jindal is his own invention, in the mold of an Obama. Born in Louisiana as Piyush Jindal to highly educated immigrants from India, he decided as a young child to nickname himself Bobby, after his favorite character on the TV show The Brady Bunch. Raised as a Hindu, he converted to Catholicism while in college and later wrote a lengthy, intimate story that provided a window on his religious evolution, in a manner that fairly calls to mind Obama's books about his own grappling with issues of self-identity. Success at Brown University and later at Oxford University during his Rhodes years led to high-profile attention in the power corridors of Louisiana and Washington.

The question is not whether he'll be president, but when he'll be president, because he will be elected someday (Steve Schmidt).

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